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Jackson Hospital Trustees Recognized for Achievement

Hospital news | Thursday, February 9, 2023

Contact: Jessica Barefoot

Ten Jackson Hospital and Clinic Trustees were recently recognized for their achievement in becoming Certified Hospital Trustees. General Edward Crowell, Lemuel Gorden, MD, Wilbur Hufham, Keith Karst, Rene’ Llera, MD, Jo Karen Parr, W. Ken Upchurch, Patrick Ryan, MD, George Thompson, and Sandeep Virk, MD were honored recently at the Alabama Hospital Association’s (AlaHA’s) 2023 Healthcare Leadership Summit.

The certification program was established by AlaHA, in conjunction with the Alabama Council of Hospital Trustees, to encourage continued leadership development and knowledge of the healthcare system among hospital board members.

“Our hospital trustees have never been more critical. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the challenges that our hospitals face. We are grateful to have dedicated and diverse trustee leaders who constantly seek to improve their governance skills and the care provided to their communities,” said Donald E. Williamson, MD, president of AlaHA. “This certification program is one way to ensure that individual board members understand their roles and responsibilities and are prepared to respond to the ever-changing environment.”

Trustees who enroll in the certification program must fulfill a set of requirements on an annual basis that measure participation, basic knowledge, continuing education, and other skill sets vital to effective governance. The program is voluntary and is offered to hospitals statewide.

“The Jackson Hospital and Clinic board members are steadfast and committed to providing our mission to all those we serve. On behalf of the Jackson team, thank you for your dedication and support,” said Joe Riley, President and CEO of Jackson Hospital.

Founded in 1921, the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA) is a statewide trade organization that assists member hospitals in effectively serving the healthcare needs of Alabama, through advocacy, representation, education, and service.